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this in your e-mails as well, at what i think is a shift in how the democrats are approaching this. it used to be, this is the fringe. these are crazy people, the t bag people, the birthers. most of the town hall meetings are just fine. i think what they have seen is they have moved more against it than for it. >> the white house, it is becoming more assertive. >> they are. david axlerod sent out a six-page e-mail refuting a lot of what they called myths about health care. >> and asking recipients to keep forwarding it to their friends and neighbors. >> they are stepping up their offensive using the play books they used from the campaign, going viral and we will see the president tomorrow out in montana and colorado doing the same kind of town hall he did before. they are even trying to open these town halls up so they can refute these claims that they are stacking these town halls with people. >> here is a question that intreegs me. at these town hauls, these lawmakers go out there and have exchanges with their constituents, is it more likely that the lawmaker changes the view of the con s
didn't use the word competent when he said that mccain said what the party needs to do is recruit hispanics but not just because they are hispanic. possibility same meaning but not the same word. we just thought we would let you know. here is suzanne malveaux now in for wolf blitzer in "the situation room." >> thanks, rick. happening now, breaking news, north korea pardons two imprisoned american journalists after extraordinary intervention by former president bill clinton, taking his case directly to kim jong-il in north korea. the two women convicted of hostile acts and serving a 12-year sentence of hard labor. now we are learning new details about what the former president has to do and say to win their freedom and when they will be coming home. >>> wolf blitzer is off today. i'm suzanne malveaux in cnn's command center for breaking news, politics, extraordinary reports from around the world. you are in "the situation room." >>> we are following breaking news this hour t is a stunning turn of events in north korea where former president bill clinton made a surprise trip to win
, pushing for a bill without a single republican vote. >>> also, deadly violence against u.s. forces and election workers in afghanistan just hours before the polls open in this country's critical presidential vote. we are on the ground seeing first hand what election officials are up against. >>> and a big-city city mayor is speaking out about the brutal beating that sent him to the hospital. but so far, the family of the accused attacker is also speaking and now conflicting stories are beginning to emerge about what really happened. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm suzanne malveaux in cnn's command center for breaking news in politician and extraordinary reports around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> first, we begin with breaking news. a decision reached in a case the u.s. has been watching very closely, trying to fervently influence. should a terminally ill man convicted in the bombing of pan am flight 103 be granted compassion nal release and be allowed to die at home? our cnn homeland security correspondent jeanne meserve is joining us live. what are we hearing abou
. and joining us now from scotland, the scotland justice secretary kenny mccaskill. did he kill 270 people? >> yes, he was convicted by a scottish court. >> is it normal procedure in scotland, that someone, a convicted mass murder who gets cancer is free to go home to his wife and family. >> thankfully in scotland we don't have many convicted mass murderers and this crime devastated our country as it did people in the united states and elsewhere. >> is there any precedent in scotland, where a mass murder, someone who killed 270 people in cold blood has been freed to go home to his wife and family because he's suffering from canner? >> this crime is unprecedented in our small country. it's actually the worst atrocity, terrorist atrocity ever perpetrated anywhere within the united kingdom so it's a circumstance that has never happened before and i hope that it's a circumstance that will never reoccur. >> are there precedents where murderers, just regular murderers, someone who killed someone in cold blood, and served only a very small persian of his or her sentence has been freed to go home
, and cnn white house correspondent dan lothian are all working this story for us. i want to start off with elaine quijano. elaine, what else do we know in this newly declassified report? >> reporter: well, suzanne, this is the report right here. as you can see, it's pretty lengthy. we're still going through it. but there are new details about interrogations that took place under the bush administration. for instance, during the questioning of 9/11 mastermind khalid shaikh mohammed, here is what the report found on page 43. "according to this interrogator, the redacted portions are indicated there, you'll see, interrogators said to khalid shaikh mohammed that if anything else happens in the united states, we're going to till your children." also, in addition to details we learned over the weekend about the use of a gun and a power drill to intimidate a detainee into giving up information, now another tactic has been revealed. the report says, quote, in july 2002, blamed operations officer participated with another operations officer in custodial interrogation of a te taney. blank repor
much for being with us, mr. haros. here now, wolf blitzer in "the situation room." >>> rick, thank you. happening now, breaking news. an historic vote by the united states senate confirming judge sonia sotomayor as the first hispanic justice of the united states supreme court. we have reaction from president obama that's just in. also, former president bill clinton peppered with questions about his successful mission to bring back two american journalists from north korea. what he's saying and what he isn't saying. >>> plus, cnn marks 200 days in office for president obama with a new national report card and a new poll on the president's approval rating. is the public still backing the president? i'm wolf blitzer in cnn's command center for breaking news, politics, and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> following breaking news this hour. federal appeals court judge sonia sotomayor just confirmed by the senate to be the country's 111th supreme court justice. only the third woman and most significantly the first hispanic to sit on the nation'
. the stretch of the hudson river is just down river from where us airways flight 1549 crashed last january. susan joins us live from the banks of the hudson river. >> reporter: i covered that incident, as well, obvious lay far happier outcome than this. there is a recovery operation going on at this hour. as you see off into the distance as long as we still have light, you can see boats with the new york fire department, the u.s. ghost guard has been on site, the police department all trying to help as well as officials and authorities represented from new jersey, as well. and you you indica as you indicated, the conditions are fairly rough. wind isn't too high, but divers can barely see in front of their face. advise at is limited to between feet. so you see those boats out there, that is a flat form for on four teams of divers taking turns going down into the depths of the hudson river only 30 feet deep, but it is extremely murky down there. and they are trying to seek out the wreckage. as of about an hour or two ago, new york city's mayor michael bloomberg said that they thought that th
'm reading this someone is going ten seconds. anyway. join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern. see you back here. we're going to have a special talk on racial profiling tonight. we'll see you. >>> urgent care for health care reform. president obama has a new deal in the house as an important step forward. angry republicans refused to be rushed. >>> and a gifted comedian that keeps on giving. the funny man vents about the ex-alaskan governor and his fears that voters will do something stupid. we want to welcome viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> nothing burns me up more than hearing some of these scare tactics districted at seniors. because seniors, they're vulnerable. they get worried about some of this stuff. they get some crazy flyer in the mail. they get scared that they might lose their care. >> the president's push to overhaul the nation's health care system overcame a major hurdle this week. from key members of the blue dogs. those fiscally conservative house democrats. reach ad deal with the democratic leadership on a re
to scotland. diana joining us with more on this dramatic development. diana, tell us what happened. >> reporter: well, wolf, about eight hours ago the scottish justice minister made this announcement, and shortly after that the extraordinary sight of a man who, as you say, has served only seven years leaving the prison behind me a free man. and, remember, he was convicted of killing 270 people in the lockerbie bombing in 1988. so, he's now touched ground in libya. and we heard from his lawyer earlier, really the only statement that anyone has heard from al megrahi over the last eight years. >> many people, including the relatives of those who died in and over lockerbie, are, i know, upset at this end. but nothing more can be done about the circumstances of the lockerbie bombing. i share their frustration. i have most to gain and nothing to lose about the whole truth coming out. until my diagnosis of cancer. to those victims' relatives who hear me say this, they continue to have my sincere sympathy for that unimaginable loss that they have suffered. to those who bear me ill will, th
the heat of the ongoing recession. president obama says the worst of it may, repeat, may, be behind us. >> we have a steep mountain to climb, and we started in a very deep valley. but i have faith in the american people, in their capacity for hard work, and innovation and their commitment to one another and their courage to face adversity. >> we're going to go inside the new unemployment numbers with cnn's chief business correspondent ali velshi and find out who's faring best, who's faring worst. but first our senior white house correspondent, ed henry. what else is the president saying about the new numbers? >> wolf, the president was certainly not popping any champagne corks in the rose garden today, but he was toasting his own administration's achievements. even though there are a lot of people still not celebrating. >> reporter: the upbeat jobs report is little comfort to greg thompson, who just feels fortunate the unemployment benefits he collects at the one-stop career center in washington, d.c., were recently extended. >> for me, i'm just glad we did, but there's no jobs. i mean
's biggest stars was treated by u.s. immigration officials we're learning new details right now of the incident that's grown to a real international controversy. i'm wolf blitzer in cnn's commander for breaking news, politics, and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> he's been focusing like a laser beam on health care reform, but for a brief time today, president obama put america's servicemen and women front and center speaking at the convention in phoenix and vowing more money and help for vets struggling to deal with life after combat. let's go to our senior white house correspondent, ed henry. what was the president's basic message to the vets? >> reporter: urging more patience in afghanistan, a war that has been going almost eight years, the president telling me that the fighting is fierce, that the u.s. will not defeat the tlaliban overnight. out here on the streets of the convention center, some of the groups that used to stalk president bush about the war in iraq are beating up on president obama, claiming he's escalated the wa
. that allows you then to use the purchasing power of everybody who's in the exchange to get the best rates from the insurance companies. that right away would drive down the premiums that you'd have to pay. and the second thing we want to do is for employers who are doing the right thing and providing health insurance that is real, then we want to give you a tax break so that it's easier for you to make your bottom line. now, this is something that a lot of small businesses will benefit from. nobody's talking about it. and small businesses are the place where you're seeing the fastest job growth. it makes sense for us to provide this kind of protection. this i guarantee you will end up being an important component of whatever we pass out of washington. all right? i've only got time for one more question. it's a guy's turn, and i want somebody who's got a concern or is skeptical about health care reform. here we go. there we go. i knew we could find a couple here. so, i'll call on this gentleman right here in the pale blue shirt and hopefully that list is not too long. all right. go ahead. intro
>> go. get the buddies. >> sometimes the story just needs to be shown. thanks for being with us. here now "the situation room" and wolf blitzer. >>> rick, thanks very much. happening now, three leaders, a shared mission. president obama huddles with the leaders of mexico and canada. they pledge to battle major problems especially one that's already left a lot of people dead. after a small plane crashes with a helicopter in new york, questions remain. why did it happen and could it happen again? we're standing by for some answers. there's a news conference with the national transportation safety board. stand by. >>> and a congressman screams at his constituents. did he have a public meltdown? >> not a single one of you have the decency to call my office and set up for a meeting. okay? then do that. do that! but don't, don't come and take advantage of what these individuals have done. you want a meeting with me on health care, i'll give it to you. >> tempers flare after a doctor confronts a congressman with questions over health care reform. why this blowup? i'll ask the congressm
for the first time since the singer's mysterious death, explaining why he is afraid to use his phone or even his e-mail. we will play you his message to his supporters. i'm wolf blitzer at cnn's command center for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> president bill clinton scheduled to meet with president obama right now in the white house situation room to reveal what he learned during his mission to north korea to free american journalists. so, what insight did he gain into the secretive regime and reclusive leader, kim jong-il with whom the former president met and even had dinner? let's go to our senior white house correspondent, ed henry, working the story for us. ed what do we know about this meeting? >> reporter: wolf, one it thing we know, it is creating a lot of buzz around here, not a normal day when you have former bill clinton coming. a distance from me, a dozen still photographers, video photographers, the last couple of moments trying to get a picture of his arrival. he will be in the situation room with the wh
the conversation and brought heat upon yourself and your cause? >> i'm used to heat in the middle of tough issues and absolutely not. i would suggest that swastikas on the signs of members of congress' front door is probably a distraction. but what sheila jackson lee has done is not because sheila jackson lee has a consistent history of serving her constituents. >> okay. >> and i served that lady by having a town hall meeting that she could come to in the middle of the day. >> i get it. >> i look forward to working with you. >> we are out of time. congresswoman, very courageous of you to come on. i know it's a difficult thing. wolf blitzer is standing by. he, too, will be covering stories like this in "the situation room." >>> rick, thank you. happening now, something the white house is doing raising some eyebrows out there. it involves health care reform and possibly your e-mail inbox. >>> a convicted bomber seeks mercy. he's in prison for a notorious terrorist act, the bombing of pan am flight 103, killing a lot of americans. now outrage. he may soon be set free after serving only about eight y
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to kill al qaeda-linked terrorists planned to take us u.s. troops at a huge american base in kuwait, during one of the holiest months for muslims. >>> i'm wolf blitzer in cnn's command center for breaking news and extraordinary reports around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> it's one of the roughest days in this month that either will make or break efforts for health care reform. today, a town hall forum featuring president obama could have turned ugly, but he didn't back down. and it didn't turn ugly. he forcefully defended his ideas, thumbing his nose at krirt ickes and pushing back at what he called rumors. >> for all the scare tactics out there, what is truly scary. what is truly risky is if we do nothing. if we let this moment pass, if we keep the system the way it is right now, we will continue to see 14,000 americans lose their health insurance every day. your premiums will continue to skyrocket. they have gone up three times faster than your wages, and they will keep on going up. our deficit will continue to grow, because medicare and medicaid are on an unsubst
of life. >> reporter: rob reed says he's using less electricity each day to pinch pennies at this location after closing his other dealership, forcing him to lay off a dozen employees. >> being a smaller or medium-siz medium-sized. still, the mayor believes elkhart is getting back on its feet thanks to $14 million in stimulus money. so, he cautioned the president can't get too optimistic. >> that's what i would say to him. you know, thank you, mr. president. this program is working here in elkhart, indiana. now, the problem with that is the guy that's standing here in your place that's unemployed, he doesn't buy that at all. >> reporter: that's why the president was bearing more gifts, revealing that indiana will be the second biggest recipient of $2.4 billion in grants for electric vehicles. >> powered by the next generation of battery technologies, all made right here in the u.s. of a. right here in america. >> reporter: the mayor insists stimulus money spent around the country is trickling down to his city as people are starting to buy rvs again. >> it isn't an elkhart,
. may it be said of our party in 1980 that we found our faith again. and may it be said of us, both in dark passages and in bright days, in the words of tenson that my brothers quoted and loved and have special meaning for me now, i am a part of all that i have met. too much is taken, much survives. that which we are, we are. one equal temper of heroic parts, strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. for me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. for all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. >> that was back in 1980, 28 years later, senator kennedy spoke at the democratic national convention for the last time and his lines were familiar. >> there is a new wave of change all around us. and if we set our compass true, we will reach our destination, not merely victory for our party but renewal for our nation. and this november, the torch will be passed again to a new generation of americans so with barack obama and for you and for me our country will be committed to
103. now, president obama and his press secretary, they're using their harshest language yet, calling the spectacle outrageous, disgusting, and highly objectionable. our senior white house correspondent ed hen vi in "the situation room" working the story for us. it seems, ed, as if the white house is ratchetting up the rhetoric. >> they are, wolf. i'm told by white house officials that in recent days in private white house officials were very direct with the scottish authorities saying they found this whole situation unacceptable and they were pressing to make sure it did not happen. they don't feel they had enough leverage to stop it, however, and i'm told that while the president did not personally intervene in the case, he did instruct white house aides that he wanted white house aides, in addition to state department officials, to call the scottish authorities and register these protests. nevertheless, despite that private intervention, publicly it seemed to some that maybe the white house wasn't speaking out enough. yesterday, robert gibbs got a question in the briefing, where is
united states, according to the u.s. senate. >> you're right. that's a problem, and that's something that makes us suddenly very keen on this situation. let me hold you here. we're going to continue our conversation. let me take you over to my colleague suzanne malveaux filling in for wolf blither on "the situation room." suzanne, to you. >> president obama needs more down time. his r & r was interrupted so the president extends his break. could he lose momentum on health care reform? and who will replace a man some say is irreplaceable? with ted kennedy laid to rest, who mike take his senate seat. the massachusetts governor makes a critical decision, and california burns from one end to the other. one blaze doibls its size threatening more homes and forcing more evacuations. one official pleads for prayers to quote the good lord upstairs. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm suzanne malveaux in cnn's command center for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama's vacation now includes a staycatio
with dr. robert reich. he's going to be joining us to take us through the health care debate, his criticism of barack obama. here now, wolf blitzer. >>> rick, thank you. rage and revenge with a twist. health care protesters have new targets and a new scene. stand by. >>> they both were number two on a presidential ticket, but guess what else sarah palin and dan quayle have in common? not necessarily all that good for sarah palin, virtually what no politician would want. >>> hardened prisoners and convicted killers become enrage sod they riot, igniting fire, trashing rooms and causing stab wounds. the first glimpse of the prison riot. one official says it's like lie to have been among the worst ever. i'm wolf blitzer in cnn's command center for breaking news, politics, and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> show them the money and don't break the bank. that's the latest argument emerging in this make or break debate over health care reform. protesters are now turning their attention to dollars, cents, and common sense, confronting lawma
mentioned. that's used for preop sedation, a muscle relaxer. they mention valium was a contributor to his death, as we know is an anti-anxiety drug. lidocaine, which is a local answesthetic that relieves the burning sensation that can be associated with a dose of propofol. and also ephedrine was apparently a contributor to his death. that's a stimulant and an appetite spreuppressant. we checked with the district attorney's office to see if the case had been forwarded to them yet for charges. that's what we're waiting for. they say they haven't been presented anything yet to consider charges for any of michael jackson's doctors. >> so, clearly, dr. conrad murray, he's still a free man right now, he hasn't been charged with anything. >> reporter: no. his lawyers still say he's a suspect, not a witness, and they're not commenting right now. >> are they saying anything about any other doctors? because these are a lot of medications he was taking. do we suspect that dr. murray was giving him all these drugs, or were there other doctors? because there's been a lot of speculation about his derma
projection for the deficit. we are with the president on martha's vineyard. what can you tell us about this latest news? >> reporter: well, the white house budget officer giving details which is expected to hit $9 trillion over the next decade. minority leader saying, "the alarm bells on our nation's fiscal conditions have now become a siren" even sew the president was touting economic progress and said he would keep ben bernanke in place. president obama urged the press to take a walk on the beach but he throw on a blue blazer, broke the rules and made news. >> ben approached the system with calm and wisdom, action, and out of the box thinking. >> the white house says renominating bernanke to another four-year term helped to maintain market stability, reduces speculation about who would get the job next. a vote of confidence for the republican fed chief. >> our objective remains constant. to restore a more stable financial and economic environment in which opportunity can again flourish. >> the announcement came just before announce m of negative economic news. projections of explodin
open. cnn white house correspondent dan lothian joins us. and, dan, obviously, there was a lot of back and forth we saw in that briefing today. what was the bottom line here? >> reporter: there really was. and the bottom line is, first of all, he said it's easier to tax the rich and get away with it. in fact, the polls show that most americans don't have a problem with it. but if you go after the middle class, well that becomes controversial. so, today, the white house was really trying to clean things up after bit after two officials seemed to suggest that the middle class was not immune from becoming a target. the president's two top money men may have a good grip on all the numbers but their words may have gone off script. >> i think they allowed themselves to get into a little bit of a hypothetical back and forth. >> that's the clarification made of treasury secretary timothy geithner and economic adviser larry summers on the sunday morning talk shows, the two seemingly leaving the door open to a middle-class tax hike in order to pay down the deficit and afford health care reform.
to watch this motorcade pass and to pay tribute to senator kennedy and his family. set the scene for us where you are, john, right now as we see the motorcade get closer and closer to the john f. kennedy presidential library. >> reporter: wolf, at the moment, the motorcade is on the southeast expressway, the main drag. he came up route 3 from hyannis, into downtown boston. he's four or five minutes now from the center of the city where he will take a farewell tour of the city he love sod much and that has loved the kennedy family for some time. he'll be in the north end where his mother, rose, was born, past faneuil hall that dates back to the revolutionary war, past the massachusetts statehouse, a house where his brother jack lived while in congress, then of course went on to the presidency. ultimately to here, a library he care sod much about, so involved in the planning and the day-to-day operations, the upkeep of exhibits here. he will lie in repose here. wolf, there are thousands of people waiting in line here. they started coming early this morning, many from massachusetts and oth
available to us. >> and again, we want to get to the bottom of this and not go through all the rhetoric. >> way too strong a word, it's too hot of a word. we need to get down to the real issue which in our case would be free market, are we going to have choices that -- can we change the system so that we can get insurance in a different way, maybe not through our employer. >> even some of the language, when they say that people don't trust the elected officials, don't you think that's a negative language, putting that sort of negativity out, don't you think that's bad for people? instead of saying people don't trust the government or whatever. shouldn't you say, talk to your elected officials, if they don't agree with you, then you vote them out of office? >> right now you've got a congressman here, congressman david scott who yelled at a doctor, standing up at a town hall meeting after the question and answer period opened up to any topic, it was a meeting called for transportation, the congressman opened that meeting up to the general public. then he accused people who didn't look lik
. we'll report on all that and the new series of special reports jobs now. join us for that and more. all of the day's news at the top of the hour. wolf, back to you. >> lou, thank you. we'll see you in a few moments. >>> a pole dance on the subway as the saying goes only in new york. wait until you see what jeanne moos uncovered now and it's most unusual. >>> a second grader gets a surprise visit from her dad in the military on the first day of school. one of today's hotshots coming in from around the world. so what do you think? i think i'll go with the basic package. good choice. only meineke lets you choose the brake service that's right for you. and save 50% on pads and shoes. meineke. introducing a breakthrough from tums that can control your heartburn for hours all day or all night. it's called tums dual action, and it's the longest lasting tums ever. tums dual action works two ways to relieve heartburn: like all tums, it goes to work in seconds. plus, tums dual action has an effective acid reducer that works for hours, all day or all night, to keep heartburn from coming back.
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